Japanese Gov't To Rely On Nuke Power to Cut CO2

Plan to have 9-19 nuclear power plants in operation by 2010.

Published: 20-Mar-2002

TOKYO, March 19 (Kyodo) - The government decided Tuesday it will rely heavily on nuclear power sources to attain emissions reduction targets set by the Kyoto Protocol, an international pact aimed at fighting global warming, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said.

The 10-year energy plan, submitted last July to the industry minister, was endorsed at a meeting of ministers, who decided to push for the construction of new nuclear plants as a substitute to oil-burning power generation.

The ministers set a target of using non-oil sources, including nuclear power, coal, natural gas, hydropower and geothermal power, to generate in fiscal 2010 power equivalent to that derived from 330 million kiloliters of crude oil.



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